Visual observation and analysis of animal and insect behavior

An International Workshop to be held in conjunction with the

19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2008)
Tampa, Florida, USA
December 7, 2008

and sponsored by the EU ChiRoPing project: Developing versatile and robust perception using sonar systems that integrate active sensing, morphology and behaviour.

Program is below.

There has been an enormous amount of research on analysis of video data of humans, but relatively little on visual analysis of other organisms. The goal of this workshop is to stimulate and bring together the current research in this area, and provide a forum for researchers to share expertise. As we want to make this more of a discussion workshop, we encourage work-in-progress presentations. Reviewing will be lightweight and only abstracts will be circulated to attendees.

The types of issues that research will address include:

These problems can be applied to a variety of species at different sizes, such as fruit and house flies, crickets, cockroaches and other insects, farmed and wild fish, mice and rats, commercial farm animals such as poultry, cows and horses, and wildlife monitoring, etc. One aspect that they all have in common is video data.

Submission Information

Submit a 4 page extended abstract in English, in PDF, by email to by July 21, 2008. The abstracts should be anonymous. Include in your email the name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation, complete mailing address, international phone and fax numbers. The papers presented at the workshop will be published in the workshop notes, for distribution to the participants and linked to this page after the workshop.

Important Dates

Submission DeadlineJuly 21, 2008
Acceptance NotificationAugust 4, 2008
Revised Abstract DeadlineSeptember 1, 2008

Registration Information

On-line registration of workshops will be available via the ICPR2008 web page. It is not necessary to register for the full conference to attend the workshop.

Workshop Organisers

R. FisherUniversity of Edinburgh
J. HallamUniversity of South Denmark
Y. XiaoUniversity of Edinburgh

Program Committee

D. ArmstrongUniversity of Edinburgh
J. W. BranchUniversidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Medellin
A. CalwayUniversity of Bristol
D. ForsythUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Y. KitaJapanese Nat. Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
T. LukinsUniversity of Edinburgh
S. McKennaDundee University
M. MirmehdiUniversity of Bristol
C. SpampinatoUniversita' di Catania


9:30A Particle Filter for Tracking a Firefly
Y. Tsukamoto, Y. Matsumoto, T. Wada
10:00Automatically Extracting Drosophila Courtship Behaviour Statistics from Video
J.A. Heward, T.C. Lukins, M.A. Dewar, J.D. Armstrong
10:30Early Pest Detection in Greenhouses
V. Martin, S. Moisan
11:30Analysis of Kinematics and Dynamics of Butterflies in Natural Flight, with Estimation of Occluded Data
N. Gans, A. Chakravarthy, R. Albertani
12:00Video Monitoring of Honey Bee Colonies at the Hive Entrance
J. Campbell, L. Mummert, R. Sukthankar
12:30Tracking Dragonflies in Image Sequences
Y. Bachalany, F. Cabestaing, C. Vieren, S. Ambellouis, R. Olberg
14:00Towards Automatic Model-Based Identification of Individual Sharp-Tailed Snakes from Natural Body Markings
A. Branzan Albu, G. Wiebe, P. Govindarajulu, C. Engelstoft, K. Ovaska
14:30Characterising a High-Speed 3D Surface Scanner for Bat Behaviour Study
Y. Xiao, R. B. Fisher, M. Oscar
15:30Visual Recapture for Movement Ecology at Interannual Timescales
S. Ravela, C. Yang, J. Runge, L. Gamble, K. McGarigal, M. Chesser, B. Timm
16:00Monitoring Creatures Great and Small: Computer Vision Systems for Looking at Grizzly Bears, Fish, and Grasshoppers
G. Mori, M. M. Naeini, A. Rova, P. Sabzmeydani, J. Wawerla


Email: Prof. Robert Fisher at rbf -a-t-

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